Sen. Bernie Sanders has released a wealth tax that’s even more aggressive than Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s “ultra-millionaire tax.” Axios first reported Sanders’ proposal.
Why it matters: Sanders keeps trying to remind voters that he’s the original when it comes to progressive policy in the 2020 field, but he’s being eclipsed at every turn by the surging Warren. The Vermont senator has proposed massive spending — $16 trillion on climate alone — and so has to show a little revenue to add credibility to his proposals.
A wealth tax is applied not to what people earn but what they own, including stocks and land. The Sanders campaign said it would apply taxes on households with net worths above $32 million and raise an estimated $4.35 trillion over the next 10 years, which would be used to fund Sanders’ affordable housing, universal child care and Medicare for All plans.